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Google Hangout (Skype) Tips & Tricks for Online Classroom Experience

Author: Mark Page-Botelho Posted: 2016-10-23

For those of you who are interested in using Google Hangouts or Skype for an online classroom experience or virtual learning day, I have a few tips and tricks that will make the experience potentially less problematic. These tips can be shared with your class prior to meeting online. I'd recommend posting the pre-made Hangout link (URL, Web Address) in your Google Classroom or web site.

1. Some students may have a bad Internet connection. By turning off the video camera you can conserve a lot of bandwidth while still being able to share your screen when needed.

2. Immediately start the chat feature even if you're using voice. Some students once again may have a bad connection which will make their voice choppy and hard to understand. This feature can be found in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

3. Screen sharing allows you to show only a chosen open application, or you can share your whole desktop. This feature can be found in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

4. Position your laptop so you do not have a windows or bright light behind you. This makes for a better viewing experience.

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